Bong Joon-ho poses for a photo at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on Wednesday. /AP-Yonhap

Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho is presiding over the jury of this year’s Venice International Film Festival, which began its 11-day run on Tuesday.

Launched in 1932, it is the oldest film festival in the world.

“As a filmmaker, I don’t believe the history of cinema could be stopped so easily, so COVID will pass and cinema will continue,” Bong said on the opening day.

He said the suffering that coronavirus brought to people around the world, including filmmakers, was “a test and what it has shown is the life force of cinema.”

The festival, which marks its 78th year, features 92 films from 56 countries including the opening film “Parallel Mothers” by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

“Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon” by Ana Lily Amirpour, which marks the Hollywood debut of Korean actress Jeon Jong-seo, has been invited to the competition section of the festival.

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